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Aster aweke receives honorary degree

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Aster—born in 1959 in Gondar, Ethiopia—was raised in the capital city of Addis Ababa. Her father was a senior civil servant in the Imperial government.

By the age of 13, Aster was determined to become a musician, and began her career at Hager Fikir Theatre in Addis Ababa.

Starting in her late teens, she was performing in clubs and hotels in the capital with bands such as the Continental Band, Hotel D’Afrique Band, Shebele Band and Ibex Band, before they became the internationally known as Roha Band.

Aster’s distinct style has been influenced by other Ethiopian singers, such as Bizunesh Bekele.

Launching a solo career, she was encouraged by musical entrepreneur Ali Tango, who financed and released five cassettes and two singles of her music. By 1981, Aster had become disillusioned by Ethiopia’s oppressive political climate following the death of Haile Selassie, and relocated to the United States. Temporarily settling in the Bay Area of California, with plans to pursue higher education within a period of two years, she settled in Washington, D.C., where one of the largest Ethiopian expat communities in the country existed. There, she became increasingly popular within the Ethiopian community, performing in restaurants and clubs.

Aster also remains popular in Ethiopia. In 1997, she performed in Addis Ababa for a crowd of over 50,000 people. In 2003, Aster also performed a two-part concert series to raise funds for relief and school initiatives in Ethiopia. The first concert was held in November on Eid Al-Fitr day at the Addis Ababa Stadium, with an audience of 40,000 in attendance. The second performance was a gala-dinner at the Sheraton Hotel.[1] More recently, on May 9, 2009, Aster performed in front of a crowd of 10,000 spectators during the Peace Through Unity, Unity Through Music concert held in the capital’s Millennium Hall, alongside other Ethiopian music artists.

In a day Gondor University Celebrating its 60th Year and at a Student Graduation Aster Aweke received an honorary Doctorate degree among four other Candidates.

ጃኪ ጎሲ ከሄኒከን ጋር 1 ነጥብ 5 ሚሊዮን ብር ሊፈራረም ነው

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‘ሰላ በይልኝ’ በሚለው ነጠላ ዜማው ከህዝብ ጋር ተዋወቀው ድምጻዊ ጃኪ ጎሲ፣ የሙዚቃ ኮንሰርት ለማቅረብ ከታዋቂው የቢራ አምራች ኩባንያ ሄኒከን ጋር የአንድ ነጥብ አምስት ሚሊዮን ብር ስምምነት ሊፈራረም ነው፡፡
አድማስ ሬዲዮ ከአትላንታ እንደዘገበው፣ ወጣቱ ድምጻዊ ጃኪ ጎሲ ከሰሞኑ ከሄኒከን ጋር ያደርገዋል ተብሎ የሚጠበቀው ይህ ስምምነት በአዲስ አበባ ከተማ ለሚከናወን የሙዚቃ ኮንሰርት ነው፡፡ የሙዚቃ ኮንሰርቱ የሚቀርብበትን ትክክለኛ ጊዜ መናገር ባይቻልም ለመጪው የኢትዮጵያውያን አዲስ አመት ዋዜማ ሊሆን እንደሚችል ዘገባው ጨምሮ ገልጧል፡፡
በተለያዩ የአሜሪካ ግዛቶችና የዓለም አገራት እየተዘዋወረ የሙዚቃ ኮንሰርቶችን በስፋት እያቀረበ የሚገኘው ድምጻዊው፣ ከወራት በፊት ከዝግጅት ክፍላችን ጋር ባደረገው ቃለ ምልልስ በአገር ውስጥም የሙዚቃ ኮንሰርቶችን ማዘጋጀት ዕቅድ እንዳለው መናገሩ ይታወሳል፡፡

Aster Aweke and Teddy Afro, 20 top nominees for Kora Awards

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The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on 2nd December in Ivory Coast. Teddy Afro Manager is not aware of the Choice and declined to comment.

This year’s event offered fans across Africa the chance to vote for their favourite artistes as the final countdown for the Kora Awards 2014 begins.

Teddy Afro and Aster Aweke placed in the same category with Diamond from Tanzania, and Wahu Kagwi of Kenya.

Through their Facebook page, Kora Awards gives fans a chance to select their best artistes from Eastern, Central, Western, Southern and Northern Africa before coming up with a complete list of the top artistes.

The other nominees include Omawumi [Nigeria] Mafikizolo and Zahara [South Africa] Sarkodie [Ghana], Koffi Olomide and Fally Ipupa (DR Congo), Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Viviane Chidid (Senegal), Cheb Khaled (Algeria), and DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast) and four other African music artistes made the Top 20 list.

The Kora Awards are music awards given annually for musical achievement in sub-Saharan Africa. Founded in 1994 by Ernest Adjovi, the awards are named after the Kora, an important West African plucked chordophone.

American recording artiste, Chris Brown is expected to be the guest artiste at the December awards gala.

Go to www.koraawards.com and let’s VOTE for our Ethiopian Artists to win.

Source: Diretube.com

Top 10 Ethiopian April the fool News

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1.ሰምታችኋል??? ግብፅ ዛሬ ማታ የአባይን ግድብ በሚሳኤል ድምጥማጡን ታጠፋዋለች ተብሎ ይጠበቃል።

2.Eritrea sells Port Assab to Ethiopia for $1 Billion
Eritrea today said it will sell its Assab Port for a cool $1 Billion dollar to its former colonial power, Ethiopia. The settlement could take up to 120 days before Ethiopia gets its own sea outlet for the first time in 20 years.

Ethiopia currently uses the port in Djibouti for its export and import trade and is costing the country more than 700 million dollar year.

In 1869 Assab was bought by the Rubattino Shipping Company from the local Sultan in Ethiopia, and was acquired by Italy (1882) who found the port inadequate for exploitation of its hinterlands, and came to use Assab as a coaling station. During the twentieth century Assab became Ethiopia’s main port. The Soviet Union later built an oil refinery there. During the Eritrean War of Independence and famine of the 1980s, food aid was brought to Eritrea and the Ethiopian province of Tigray through this port.

The port facilities were greatly expanded in the early 1990s, with the construction of the new terminal, but the port has declined since trade with Ethiopia was terminated in 1998 as a consequence of the Eritrean-Ethiopian War.

Ethiopia now hopes to modernize the port after the deal is finalized. The port is currently used as a watering hole for Eritrean camels. But the Ethiopian government said, it will move the camels to a different location

3.Saladin Said Signs for Manchester United

Saladin Said has signed a seven-year contract which will tie him to Old Trafford until 30 June 2020.

“I’m excited to be joining a club as big as Manchester United. I feel this can only improve my career,” he said.

Sir Alex Ferguson said he was delighted to sign a player who he claimed last week would make United’s squad as strong as that which won the European Cup in 1999.

“I am very excited. I think we have got the best young player this country has seen in the past 30 years,” he said.

“Everyone is delighted by this signing.”

4.ESAT and ETV to merge

ESAT, the independent Ethiopian Sattelite Television and Ethiopian National Television (ETV) decided to merge and serve the Ethiopian community as one. According the the press release, starting from April 1, 2013 ETV will broadcast ESAT news and ESAT will broadcast Ethiopian TV News

5.America to Invade Ethiopia over Holy Water

On the recent news that Ethiopia is planning to export Holy Water, the American government is going to wage war against Ethiopia over holy water.
CIA analyst Jason Born said that Ethiopian holy water is the most valuable medicine in the world.
If we have that, we will get rid of the pharmaceutical industry, close all medical colleges and medical Insurance businesses.

6.15,000 maids from USA, England and Saudi Arabia to work in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Government has issued visa for maids from US, England and Saudi Arabia.
Due to the shortage of maids from France and Germany, the Ethiopian government has decided to accept maids from US, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Edward said that “I have been waiting for visa for 18 months”. “This is going to change my life”

7.Ethiopian government asked China to colonize Ethiopia

In a desperate move to show rapid development goals and achieve the 5 year plan, Ethiopian government asked it’s Chinese counterpart to colonize the country.
The Ethiopian government promised Chinese counterpart that they won’t shoot a single bullet and show signs of resistance.

Ethiopians told their relatives in other countries not to send any more money

8.Ethiopia to Invade Italy to Commemorate 118th Victory of Adwa

The Ethiopian congress has passed resolution ET-2004-Colonize-IT to invade and colonize Italy on April 1, 2013.

General Mandefro explained Ethiopians are tired of observing the victory of Adwa for 117 years. They want to do something about it.
Ethiopians from North to South and from East to West are united to act rather than observe this holiday.

9.Ethiopians told their relatives in other countries not to send any more money

Ethiopians who used to receive money from their relatives warned their family members in U.S., Europe, Middle east and Australia not to send any more money from now on.
Desalegn who has a brother in England has this to say. “Hey Bro, I know how hard it is for you to make money. From now on, just keep the money with you.”

10.Julia Roberts and George Clooney to play on Sew Le Sew Movie

Sew Le Sew, the most admired and award winning TV show in Ethiopia, is going to be turned into a movie and played by Hollywood actors Julia Roberts and George Clooney. Due to the popularity of the show, the TV series is going to be turned into a 2 hours movie. Both actors have been watching the drama every week

Which one was your favorite and add yours below on the comment area and we will post the best once on our top 20 list

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Ethiopian Film ‘Difret’ Wins World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival

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New York (TADIAS) — Difret, an Ethiopian film directed by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Saturday evening.
The ninety-nine minute drama is based on the true story of Aberash Bekele (Hirut), a 14-year-old from a small, rural village — not far from Addis Ababa — whose widely publicized arrest for murder in the late 1990s ensued an epic court battle that resulted in her acquittal on the grounds of self-defense. The case and ordeal of Hirut (played by teen actress Tizita Hagere) legally ended the long-upheld cultural tradition of marriage by abduction in Ethiopia. Difret is the first Ethiopian film to be featured at the Sundance Film Festival.
The film’s producers include Mehret Mandefro, Leelai Demoz, Zeresenay Berhane Mehari as well as Executive Producers Angelina Jolie, Julie Mehretu, Jessica Rankin, Francesca Zampi and Lacey Schwartz.
Other credits include Cinematographer: Monika Lenczewska; Editor: Agnieszka Glinska; Production Designer: Dawit Shawel; Composers: David Schommer and David Eggar.
Learn more at http://filmguide.sundance.org/ and Difret.com.

ቴዲ አፍሮ ሰጥቶታል በተባለው ቃለመጠይቅ ውዝግብ 10 ሚሊዮን ብር አጣ

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(ሰንደቅ ጋዜጣ) ድምፃዊ ቴዎድሮስ ካሳሁን (ቴዲ አፍሮ) በቅርቡ “የፍቅር ጉዞ” በሚል ለአንድ ዓመት የሚቆይ የሙዚቃ ኮንሰርት ለማቅረብ በደሌ ቢራ ፋብሪካን ከገዛው ሄኒከን ኩባንያ ጋር ውል ቢፈራረምም አፄ ሚኒሊክን በተመለከተ በዕንቁ መጽሔት ሰጥቶታል ከተባለው ቃለምልልስ ጋር በተያያዘ በተነሳ ውዝግብ ሄኒከን ውል ለማቋረጥ መገደዱን አስታውቋል። ቴዲ ለዚህ ኮንሰርት የተፈራረመውን ገንዘብ በይፋ ለመግለፅ ፈቃደኛ ባይሆንም፤ ለጉዳዩ ቅርበት ካላቸው ወገኖች ባገኘነው መረጃ መሠረት 10 ሚሊየን ብር እንደነበረ ታውቋል።

ቴዲ አፍሮ ከሄኒከን ጋር ቀደም ብሎ ገብቶት በነበረው ውል መሠረት ጥር 3 ቀን 2006 ዓ.ም በድሬዳዋ ከተማ የኮንሰርት ዝግጅቱን የሚጀምር የነበረ ሲሆን በቀጣይም በአዳማ፣ በጅማ እና በአዲስ አበባ ለማካሄድ ታቅዶ ነበር። ዓላማውም በፍቅር አንድነትን ለማምጣት የታሰበ እንደነበር በቅርቡ በተሰጠው ጋዜጣዊ መግለጫ ላይ መገለፁ አይዘነጋም።

ቴዲ አፍሮ ለዕንቁ መፅሔት አፄ ሚኒሊክ ኢትዮጵያን አንድ ለማድረግ ያካሄዱት ጦርነት “ቅዱስ ጦርነት” ነው በሚል ቃለ ምልልስ ሰጥቷል ከተባለ በኋላ በተለይ እንደፌስቡክና ቲዊተር ባሉ ማኅበራዊ ድረገጾች በርካታ ወገኖች ተቃውሞ ከማስማት አልፈው ፒቲሽን በመፈራረም ጫና ለማሳደር ሞክረዋል። ቴዲ አፍሮ ቃለምልልሱን እንዳላደረገ ቢያስተባብልም ሁኔታው ከመርገብ ይልቅ ተባብሶ “በደሌ ቢራን አትጠጡ” የሚል ዘመቻ ሊከፈት ችሏል።

ጉዳዩ ያሳሰበው ሄኒከን ኩባንያ ከቴዲ ጋር የገባውን ውል ለማፍረስ መገደዱ የታወቀ ሲሆን፤ የሄኒከን ውሣኔ በማኅበራዊ ድረገጾች ከተከፈተው ዘመቻ ጋር በቀጥታ ይያያዝ፣ አይያያዝ ግን ለጊዜው የታወቀ ነገር የለም።

Bedele Brewery cancels Teddy Afro’s “Journey of Love” Concert

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Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – Confidential sources close to Awramba Times disclosed that Bedele brewery, Heineken NV’s subsidiary in Ethiopia has cancelled Teddy Afro’s nationwide “Journey of Love” Concert.

Oromo Activists called on Bedele brewery to stop sponsoring Tewodros Kassahun’s nationwide tour that was scheduled across different cities of Ethiopia?

Two weeks ago, Ethiopian singer Tewodros Kassahun (aka Teddy Afro) told the local Enqu magazine that he considered emperor Minelik’s imperial expansion a “holy war”. This remark deeply offended thousands of Oromos as an ethnically-motivated “remark” against Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group.

Oromo activists all over the world had campaigned beer drinkers in Ethiopia to ditch Bedele products and also pressure regional officers to withdraw the sponsorship.

Anti-Teddy Afro campaign catches fire on social media

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(OPride) – A hyperactive social media campaign to boycott Bedele Brewery’s exclusive sponsorship of controversial Ethiopian singer Tewodros Kassahun has garnered more than 13,000 supporters in less than 24 hours.Teddy-Afro2

Bedele Brewery, a local subsidiary of the Dutch beer maker Heineken NV, announced its agreement with Kassahun for a year long national tour at a press conference in Addis Ababa last week.

Kassahun, better known by stage name Teddy Afro, is a polarizing pop star in Ethiopia. His fans admire his musical talent while critics despise his unapologetic hero-worship of past Ethiopian rulers. Teddy has songs idolizing both emperors Haile Selassie and Menelik II.

The viral campaign, which goes with a hashtag #BoycottBedele, is asking beer drinkers in Ethiopia to ditch Bedele products and also pressure regional officers to withdraw the sponsorship. It has reportedly been featured on the state-run Oromia radio, which broadcasts in Oromo language to millions of listeners in the populous state.